Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Journey Comes to a Close
This amazing experience is coming to an end and what an experience it has been!
There are so many things I would like to tell readers about but I don't think I would be able to do some of them justice. How do you truly explain the hype and vibe of over 4000 incredibly talented athletes in one village speaking every language you can imagine in the world. Or of having athletes from nations who are at war with each other actually being on the same sporting ground competing or sitting in the dining hall just meters away from each other without nary a bullet being fired? I've seen people, with disabilities so severe that not that many years ago would have been locked away and forgotten, up on a podium receiving medals with smiles on their faces brighter than the sun!
I think that the one thing that has stood out here is that every athlete whether a podium finisher or not, was happy to be here and share in the joy of knowing that they had done their best to make through these doors. Yes we all want to be winners but that didn't stop those who didn't win a medal from approaching those that did and congratulating them. I am sure that there are those that were disappointed at their results but the only tears I saw were tears of joy and that was so refreshing!
My sister gave me a card that said "Behind very success is effort...Behind every effort is passion...Behind every passion is someone with the courage to try". I hope that others who have followed my journey will use these words.
Thank you London for a truly remarkable experience!